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Vol. 17 No. 23 - March 22, 2017

letters to the editor


Shore fishing concerns

Greetings, just read the letter from Katie Pierola in your March 15, 2017 issue of the Sun. We heartily agree with her opinion regarding the Cortez Bridge solution proposed by her friend, Jim Kissick. We witness the traffic coming onto the Island every day, all day long and it appears to us that most of the cars turn south onto Gulf Blvd. and continue over the bridge to Longboat. A 53rd Ave extension with a new bridge to the Longboat pass area seems like an obvious solution to us!

Paula VandenBosch
Norton Shores, Michigan

There you go again

Three years ago the citizens of Holmes Beach elected a new mayor, Bob Johnson, who ran on the platform, "This is your city." We all understood this to be a city for the residents, but quickly learned that he meant tourists. We also elected two commissioners, Judy Titsworth and Marvin Grossman, who ran on the resident platform. Then Carol Soustek, also supporting the resident platform, was appointed.

The residents got some much-needed relief with the new building codes. At the same time, citizens felt strongly about curbing density issues with allowing one pool per lot. However, the commission ultimately voted to have two pools per lot. The two pools per lot clearly promote vacation rentals and more negative impact for the residents.

So, here we go again. Now the city has hired a firm to investigate/design the installation of an 8-foot bike path in place of the existing sidewalks through what residential neighborhood we have left on Holmes Boulevard, Marina Drive and Second Avenue. Apparently, this is being encouraged by the powers to be in Manatee County and will be a continuation of a bike path throughout the state. This will inevitably lead to more congestion on our island, as well as disruption in our residential neighborhoods

The rationale is that this will be a safe way for bike traffic. The problems will be: 1. You will have bike traffic going both ways. 2. You will have pedestrians going both ways, some of whom are walking their pets on leashes per HB laws. 3. It creates an unsafe scenario. Does this proposed bike path promote safety? Absolutely not. The city needs to be more concerned with the safety of our neighborhoods rather than promoting entertainment of tourists.

It would be interesting to know if some of the $1.5 million bond money that the city wants to borrow for the purchase of the lots at Grassy Point will be diverted for installation of the unsafe bike path.

Please email your commissioners and attend the special meeting, Wednesday March 22 at 6:30 p.m. at Holmes Beach city hall. Concerned citizens need to be there. Remind Mayor Bob of why he was represent the residents.

Kim Rash
Holmes Beach

Thanks for supporting AMICCO

The Gulf Drive Musical Combo presents two performances each season for the benefit of the Anna Maria Island Concert Chorus and Orchestra. The 14th Annual Anna Maria Island Jazz Fest was held on February 7 and the Seventh Annual Anna Maria Island Oldies Beach Dance was held on March 14. Both events were at the Sandbar restaurant wedding pavilion, whose use was donated by owner Ed Chiles. There were record crowds at both performances and much needed funds were raised for AMICCO. I am writing to express heartfelt thanks to all those folks who attended one or both of these events. Thanks also goes to Jeanie Pickwick, Nancy Ambrose and their assistants from AMICCO, The Sun newspaper for its unwavering support and performers Judy Lynn, Koko Ray, Karma, Dana Cohen and Ted Young.

We look forward to continuing this tradition and are already in the early planning stage for next year's events. Please contact me at (941) 778-0173 or for booking information, updates on the AMI Jazz Fest and Oldies Beach Dance 2018 or simply to be included in our newsletter.

Bil Bowdish
Holmes Beach



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